Plans for a recreation hub in the Maitai Valley are a step closer. Photo: Supplied.

Maitai recreation hub moves a step closer

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Plans to create a recreational hub in the Maitai Valley are moving closer to reality, with the announcement of a $500,000 grant from the Government.

Nelson City Council today had funding approved by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) towards the construction of a hub facility for recreation users, including mountain bikers and walkers.

The $498,550 grant comes under the Tourism Infrastructure Fund and will provide trail head facilities for recreation users in the wider area, including the Coppermine Trail Great Ride.

The exact location has not yet been decided, with discussions around functionality and design of the hub still underway between Council and the neighbouring landowners, Ngāti Koata.

The Maitai Recreation Hub was prioritised in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan and while initially planned for completion in 2020, NCC has decided to sequence the project after the completion of the Recreation Management Strategy currently being undertaken by Ngāti Koata’s commercial arm and registered land owner Koata Limited.

The Hub project will follow on from this strategy work.

A recent report analysing the economic impact of mountain biking shows that it is significant for Nelson, both in terms of bringing money into the local economy and job creation.

Chair of the Sports and Recreation Committee, Councillor Tim Skinner, says the funding is a real boost for the project.

 

“The Maitai is a beautiful area of Nelson that acts as a gateway for a range of recreation activities, including mountain biking, walking and trail running.

He says as the popularity of these activities in our region increases, we need to look at the facilities we have in place to manage the increased number of participants, both local and visitors.

“The announcement that our funding application has been successful is really good news. We look forward to continuing our discussions with Ngāti Koata and our other partners to finalise the scope and details of the project,” he says.

Chief executive of Koata Limited, Hemi Toia says the recreational activities are important to Nelson’s economy, attractiveness and health.

“It is also important to ensure that facilities such as the hub are suitably located to ensure that landowners rights are respected and acknowledged.

“We look forward to working in collaboration with Nelson City Council and other partners to ensure a successful outcome.”